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Bowl barrow on Charlton Down, 350m south of Goodwood racecourse

A Scheduled Monument in Singleton, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8897 / 50°53'22"N

Longitude: -0.7403 / 0°44'24"W

OS Eastings: 488702.004612

OS Northings: 110780.777671

OS Grid: SU887107

Mapcode National: GBR DG7.5NJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 96BR.9G3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Charlton Down, 350m south of Goodwood racecourse

Scheduled Date: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010139

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20072

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Singleton

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: East Dean, Singleton and West Dean

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of a chalk ridge at the
north edge of the South Downs. The barrow mound has a diameter of 12.5m and
stands to a height of 0.5m. Surrounding this is a ditch from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become
infilled over the years and now survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The
post and rail fence which crosses the mound from east to west is excluded from
the scheduling although the ground beneath it is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite slight damage caused by the erection of a post and rail fence, the
bowl barrow on Charlton Down, 350m south of Goodwood racecourse, survives
comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England


Austin, L, Worked Flint, (1991)
Ordnance Survey, SU 81 SE 16D, (1970)

Source: Historic England

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